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Sarcobatus vermiculatus

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Family: SarcobataceaeView Description 

Common Name: SARCOBATUS or GREASEWOOD FAMILY
Habit: Shrub, erect; generally monoecious. Stem: branches many, 90° to main stem, thorny, generally interlocking, generally thorn-tipped. Leaf: many, simple, cauline, generally alternate, deciduous, sessile, +- linear, flattened to subcylindric, fleshy; stipules 0. Inflorescence: staminate spikes cylindric, dense, erect, terminal; pistillate flowers 1--4, axillary; bracts leaf-like. Staminate Flower: perianth 0, stamens 1--4, sessile on spike axis, concealed by peltate, angular, persistent, spirally arranged bracts. Pistillate Flower: carpels 2, fused, stigmas 2, ovary 1/2 inferior; perianth cup-like, fused to ovary, persistent, forming wing in fruit. Fruit: achene, tapering above encircling, irregularly-edged wing; +- glabrous. Seed: coat thin; embryo coiled, green.
Genera In Family: 1 genus, 2 species: to western Canada, Great Plains, northern Mexico. Note: Formerly treated in Chenopodiaceae.
eFlora Treatment Author: Matthew H. Hils
Scientific Editor: Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: SarcobatusView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: GREASEWOOD

Etymology: (Greek: fleshy bramble)

Sarcobatus vermiculatus (Hook.) Torr.
NATIVE
Habit: Plant 5--21 dm, erect (+- spheric). Stem: +- yellow-cream to +- white or light gray. Chromosomes: n=18,36.
Ecology: Alkaline soils, dry lakes, washes, scrub, roadsides; Elevation: 100--2300 m. Bioregional Distribution: GB, DMoj; Distribution Outside California: to western Canada, Great Plains, northern Mexico. Flowering Time: Apr--Aug
eFlora Treatment Author: Matthew H. Hils
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Citation for this treatment: Matthew H. Hils 2016. Sarcobatus vermiculatus, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=43228, accessed on May 02, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on May 02, 2016.


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Geographic subdivisions for Sarcobatus vermiculatus:
GB, DMoj;
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